KARACHI: The lending of commercial banks to private sector has surged by 62 percent in the first seven months (July – January) 2020/2021 owing to accelerated economic activities following reduction in coronavirus cases.
The private sector borrowing increased to Rs283.45 billion during the first seven months of the current fiscal year as compared with Rs175 billion in the corresponding months of the last fiscal year, according to data released on Tuesday.
Industry sources said that due to fall in coronavirus cases and availability of vaccine had helped to boost industrial and commercial activities.
The lending to private sector by branches of conventional banks registered phenomenal growth of 98 percent to Rs152 billion during the first seven months of the current fiscal year as compared with Rs76.7 billion in the corresponding months of the last fiscal year.
The private sector borrowing from Islamic banks increased to Rs57.3 billion during the period under review as compared with Rs20.2 billion in the corresponding period of the last fiscal year.
The Islamic banking branches of conventional banks extended loan facilities to private sector to the tune of Rs74.46 billion during July – January 2020/2021, which fell from Rs78 billion in the same period of the last fiscal year.